Comock: The True Story of an Eskimo Hunter Who Survived with His Family for Ten Years on an Otherwise Deserted Island, Returning to the Mainland Only by Great Ingenuity and Daring, as Told to and by Robert Flaherty, with Photographs Flaherty Took of Comock's Friends and Neighbors and Drawings Made by Them (Paperback)
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While on a hunting expedition in Hudson's Bay in 1912 - ten years before the making of his film "Nanook of the North" - Robert Flaherty encountered an overcrowded, leaking, sealskin and whalebone vessel. This "cockle shell contraption", kept afloat by inflated seal bladders, held Comock, his wife, their 11 children, and two dogs. Ten years earlier Comock, or Qumaq as it would now be spelt, traversed the arctic ice flows with his family in search of an island reputed to be rich in caribou and seals. While several family members and most of their belongings were lost en route, thanks to Comock's skill as a hunter they not only survived but thrived in one of the world's harshest environments. Flaherty's retelling of Comock's story, originally published by Edmund Carpenter in 1968 in a small-format book that included Inuit drawings collected by Flaherty during the same period, has been out of print since the early 1970s. This revised, large-format edition includes several sections of previously omitted text and a new epilogue. The volume has been enhanced by more drawings and tri-tone reproductions of 46 Flaherty photographs.
McGill-Queen's University Press
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